Blah, Blah, Whiners Have You Anything Else?

I am...started to say "surprised" but really I'm not because I saw it coming from a mile away.  I am...started to say "amazed" but that's not the word because there's nothing profound or significant in it.  I am...started to say "speechless" but there's so much I could say.  I am...started to say "fed-up" because I [...]

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Do You Serve Before God’s Altar?

OK, since God calls us to be a Kingdom of Priests (1 Peter 2:9) I ask you:  Whose altar is it?  Priests in the Old Testament served before the Altar of God, meaning God owned that altar.  If the altar is yours then the Fire of Revival will never fall on it.  The fire from [...]

A New Definition Of Hate

OK, I admit it.  Sometimes I don't keep up with all the current events.  The past 7 days, though, I have a good, a very good excuse.  But then, don't we all?  Well, I feel like mine has some merit.  Last Wednesday I had a heart ablation from which I am recovering very well.  Then [...]

Monitor Your Heart!

I have some wonderful DNA in me, both the physical kind and that of the spiritual nature.  But due to the nature of this fallen creation, I do have some "not-so-wonderful" DNA.  On both sides of my DNA is a history of cardiovascular issues.  My Dad has been on hypertension medications since he was in [...]

You’re Just Not Yourself When You’re Hungry! Part 1 of 2

Remember that line from those Snickers commercials?  I just love that ad campaign.  I’ve always heard, “Never go grocery shopping when you are hungry.”  Know what?  It’s true!  My wife Debbie will send me grocery shopping when the budget is a little tight.  She sends me because I have a list—and I stick to that [...]

Tired Of Being Tired!

After just a short day of working in the yard, I had an epiphany.  Actually it was more like a Leroy Jethro Gibbs slap up back of the head.  I am so tired of being tired.  I remember when (dear Lord, I am so sounding like an old geezer!) I would work all day in [...]

The Vicious Truth About Worrying

This is from my weekly devotional blog and the title of the book I’m working on…

Oh Lord, It's Monday!

Oh well, here I go again with another one of those random thoughts this morning.  And the random thought for this week is WORRYING.  The word I offer about the Monday Morning Spirit is precise:  WORRYING, not “worry” or “worried” but WORRYING.  I decided to go to the dictionary for the meaning of this tragic word.  Oh, I knew what the word meant, at least I thought I did.  I discovered something new and here it is:

worrying-definition

The first two definitions I already understood very well.  To worry about something is to torment and torture yourself, often fueled by the dreaded thought of “What If”.  It is looking at a situation and primarily seeing the worst possible outcome.  That second one is very clear to me:  it’s about taking your worries and tormenting others with your worries.  We’ve all known people like that and now, thanks to…

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Should The Church Be Neat?

(Again, remember that my perspective is from observing the western church at large, listening to other pastors, and from reading about other's experiences and life lessons.  These musings are not about any single congregation.  Any resemblance to an actual church, currently in existence or now dead, is strictly a coincidence arranged by the Holy Spirit.)  [...]

Are You A But? Don’t Be A But!

Most of the time, well, practically all the time, the title of this blog is spelled with an extra "t"--"Don't be a butt!"  What we usually mean by this statement (putting it nicely) is "Don't be so critical!"  "Don't be so ignorant!"  "Don't be so mean!"  "Don't be so judgmental!"  "Don't be so stinky!"  Well, [...]

Curb Shopping

Another one of my moments of random thinking this morning, and it seems I'm being afflicted with this more often than usual.  The thought?  Curb Shopping!  Now if you are not familiar with Curb Shopping, I will warn you that it may become addictive.  Simply put, Curb Shopping is watching for what people put out [...]

#4 Form Rather Than Substance

(This is the seventh in a 10 part series.  Item Number 3 will be released tomorrow.  If you are just starting to read this series, you will need to start with Top 10 Things That Are Killing The Church! first, then #10: Choosing Religion Over Relationship;  #9 Ignoring That We Are In A War; #8: Wrong priorities; 7: Cookie Cutter Attitude; [...]

7: Cookie Cutter Attitude

(This is the fourth in a 10 part series.  Number 6 will be released tomorrow.  If you are just starting to read this series, you will need to start with Top 10 Things That Are Killing The Church! first, then #10: Choosing Religion Over Relationship;  #9 Ignoring That We Are In A War; and finally read #8: Wrong priorities before reading this one) [...]